KAILUA-KONA—The seaside grounds of Hulihe‘e Palace will be filled with laughter and hula during the annual spring fundraiser, Day at Hulihe‘e, on Saturday, Mar. 26. An 8:30 a.m. traditional Hawaiian blessing kicks off the 9 a.m.-4 p.m. event, which is hosted by palace caretakers the Daughters of Hawai‘i and Calabash Cousins.
Browse among tented arts and crafts booths, a tempting bake sale featuring Aunty Nona’s scrumptious peach cake and the ever-popular “Classy Tutu” Tutu’s Attic. The Kuakini Hawaiian Civic Club will offer ono food and local hula halau will provide cultural entertainment. There will also be prize drawings throughout the day for locally created art.
Day at Hulihe‘e remembers Hawai‘i’s Citizen Prince who was born in March, Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (1871-1922.) Hawai‘i observes a statewide holiday to commemorate Prince Kuhio’s dedication toward serving his people on March 26. Beginning in 1902, Kuhio was a delegate to the U.S. Congress for 10 terms, was the driving force behind the development of Pearl Harbor and instituted the Hawaiian Homestead Commission. A monument at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park credits Prince Kuhio for founding the park in 1916.
After closing for earthquake repairs in December 2007, Hulihe‘e Palace reopened for self-guided tours. Museum and gift shop hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays. Hulihe‘e Palace admission, which at this time includes a self-guided tour brochure, remains $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for keiki under 18. Volunteer docents are sometimes available to give guided tours. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org. The gift shop can be reached by phoning 329-6558.
Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.
Contact: Anita Okimoto, 329-9555
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